On Friday a former sheriff from Tennessee, plead guilty to several counts of theft, fraud, and misconduct. The plead bargain allows the sheriff not to spend a day in prison.
The investigation that lead to the indictment of Gibson County Sheriff Chuck Arnold began after Paul Thomas took office in 2014. Thomas found inconsistencies in the accounting for the drug funds and employees pay for the hours actually worked.
Tennessee Bureau of Investigation spokeswoman Susan Noland, stated that the investigation began when the current sheriff, Paul Thomas was concerned about missing items.
“As a result of that, they found several discrepancies in areas such as employees compensation, monies from the drug fund, and the way that some prescriptions were being handled,” stated spokeswoman Noland.
A news release from the Tennessee Bureau of investigation, the defendant, Chuck Arnold:
“Was charge with four counts of theft over $10,000, 55 counts of official misconduct, nine counts of theft over $1,000, one count of forgery, one count of forgery, one count of theft of $500 or more, two counts of attempted theft of $10,000 or more, one count of conspiracy to obtain a controlled substance by fraud, and 39 counts of obtaining a controlled substance by fraud.”
Even though Chuck Arnold was indicted on more then 100 charges his bail was set only at $10,000. He posted bond shortly after being charged. This Friday Arnold’s was sentenced to 10 years probation in addition to paying restitution of about $9,000.
Investigation records reveals that during the period of July 2013 through September 2o14, prescription drugs were fausly place under inmates names but never reach the inmates hands. other from the sheriff office were indicated during the investigation.
District attorney, Rachel Sorrento stated that, “Most of the individuals who were inmates at the time of the indictment were interviewed by the TBI indicating that they did not receive those prescriptions.”
11 other former employees at the Gibson County Sheriff office were indicated during the investigation.
Three of 11 who were indicated already made plead deals and the others are scheduled for trial in the near future.